Work in France
Dream of working in France? Apply today! This country is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and there are lots of positions available to internationals and English speakers. You will get to experience the culture, meet new people, get paid and see more of the country in your spare time.
Seasonal, Summer & Winter Jobs in France
Find seasonal vacancies, work experience & internships and short term & temporary jobs in France for EU citizens, English speakers & foreigners.
A Guide to Working in France
If you are looking to work in Europe then there really isn't a much better destination than France. With world famous cities, tasty food, a warm summer climate and lots of different industries you can find jobs in there are lots of reasons why you might want to consider working here.
France has the 5th largest economy in the world, finding work especially if you speak basic French isn't too difficult. If you are a student, graduate, seeking a gap year job or would just like the challenge of a new new career in France we have a selection of temporary, summer, flexible live-out and full time positions available to apply for all year round.
So whether you are looking for a summer position, planning to spend a gap year in France and would like to stay longer, or are seeking a professional job to start or boost a future career search recommended recruiters and positions. One World 365 features jobs for internationals, English speakers and information for foreigners seeking employment in France.
Top Reasons to Work in France
There are so many great reasons to work in France including:
- Experience working and living in a new culture
- You will make new professional
- So many different roles available
- Boost your bank balance
- Make new friends
- Learn French
- See more of the country
- Sample the tasty local food
Popular Places to Seek Employment
- French Alps
- Grenoble, Hyeres
How to Get A Job in France
There really is a lot of choice when it comes to applying, from winter ski jobs, to fruit picking at farms, working at a campsite or holiday resort or spending time living in a world famous city like Paris where you could gain employment as a babysitter, nanny or teacher.
Summer Jobs in France
Find seasonal positions throughout France and arrange the summer of your life. You could apply to work as an au-pair, babysitter, nanny or teacher - these are not really summer specific but can be joined for just a few months. There are various vacancies at campsites, activity centres and holiday resorts which are very popular.
Summer jobs in France are usually very popular with students and you will need to apply early as employment spots fill up quick. Jobs can be found throughout the country, where you work really comes down to personal preference or what role you want to apply for. Here is a general guide to the most popular locations:
- Cities - Paris, Nice, Bordeaux and Marselle are popular places for work experience, teaching, nanny and professional jobs
- French Alps - Most winter ski positions are found here
- Rural Areas - Some jobs e.g. farm work can be found in very remote areas of the country
- Coastal Locations - Holiday resorts, caravan campsites
Activity Instructor & Summer Camp Jobs in France
There are also jobs at activity centres which educates hundreds of British youngsters over the summer break. They offer language and sports programs where you can be leading fun lessons and working with over 100 children every weekend. This job is a lot of fun, its also a great way to live in and see more of France. Centres welcome school groups throughout summer and aim to give them the best time possible, they are one of the most popular activity centres in Europe!
During summer they hire international staff for a number of roles where you can teach lessons, instruct sports or become a team leader. These are great hands of work experience roles which are perfect if you are looking for a summer job abroad, you will need to be fun, creative and energetic. There are also lots of jobs behind the scenes for example working in the kitchen or even helping with the maintenance and up keep of the large property and gardens.
Winter Jobs in France
Apply to work a winter ski season in France! On our directory you can read more information, search employers and apply.
Location of Positions
We have local and international companies listed on our website including UK based hiring companies. You could apply to work a winter ski season in places like Les Gets in the Portes du Soleil area which are two popular choices. Other resorts and places include Chamonix, Alpe d'Huez, Courchevel, Les Arcs, Meribel, Les Menuires, Serre-Chevalier, Val Thorens, La Plagne and Tignes. It can be difficult to get a job in Val d'Isere, this is a really popular location and you might struggle to gain a job here. A good alternative destination is Les Arcs, here there is fantastic skiing and your chances of gaining employment will be better. You might also want to book a ski instructor course.
There are so many reasons you should consider working a ski season in France, imagine waking up and working on pristine alps with everyone on holiday enjoying themselves. Taking time out to work a ski season in France can easily be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences you can have, and a lot better than a normal 9-5 job. The benefit is you is you will meet new people from all over the world and have a lot of fun! These jobs can include long hours and be quite tiring but the benefits far out weigh the negatives.
When to Apply
These jobs are some of the most popular seasonal work opportunities in the world, you will need to apply at least 3 months indvance to give yourself the best chance of getting hired. You can contact employers through our website above or browse online listings and check ski company websites direct in April, May and June. Interviews usually take place well in advance of a starting contract during summer and companies like to have vacancies filled well in advance of September.
Advice for Applying Last Minute or on Arrival
Don't panic if you are making a last minute decesion, a lot of people usually drop out for one reason or another and so as the season starts there are usually vacancies to be found. If you are trying to be independent you can just turn up at resorts and apply locally. This can have mixed results and make sure you have enough money in your bank to cover yourself as ski resort locations can be expensive. Be preapred to put a lot of hard work in too, sometimes there are few jobs available and so its important you get talking to the right people (bar managers, chalet staff, tour operator staff) - these people might be the key to you finding a job.
The Application Process
- Apply online: get your CV/cover letter filled with relevant and promotional information
- Attend an interview: attend and hopefully make a good impression to make yourself stand out
- Get hired, sign a contract and get your start date and location
There are lots of chalet and resort jobs where you can work hard and then spend plenty of time on the slopes. You could apply direct to privately owned chalets, they are looking to hire chalet hosts, chefs and a resort managers for winter 2016 ski season. A lot of ski companies hire couples and friends to work in chalets please check all options before applying as there are lots of different jobs. They usually include free accommodation and food too which is a bonus. This is an amazing opportunity to live and work in some of the best ski areas in the world.
Sometimes the wages can vary and don't expect the greatest amount of money but this is as much about the experience than the pay. You will be paid weekly and there is a bonus at the end of the season whilst included is a accommodation, food, a lift pass, ski & snowboard hire and more. If you want to have some time away and refresh yourself or do something different like working abroad then definately think about working in France, this will be an invaluable experience.
If you are from a country in the EU you are free to enter and work anywhere in France for as long or as short as you like. If you live overseas you are required by law to gain a work permit. Working illegally in France is risky and if caught you will face a severe penalty. Most companies welcome job applications for students, graduates or anyone with any relevant experience, if this sounds appealing to you think about applying. You might need a basic level of French for most positions whether entry level or more experienced. Buying a phrase book or even joining language lessons when in country.
How much you get paid really depends on where you work and what job you do. The minimum hourly wage in France stands at €9.43 - this is the case for both as of 2013 and it applies to you just as much as to any French worker. Some jobs have fixed contracts whilst other are very flexible with temporary start and finish dates.
Internships in France
If you are thinking about interning abroad then France is a fantasic destination to consider. With world famous cities, a relaxed culture, tasty food and the opportunitiy to immerse yourself in a new culture - this will be an amazing experience. Summer internships in France are very popular and you will need to register your interested a few months earlier to stand a good chance of getting a place. View more information about the types of opportunities, companies and application criteria below.
Joining an internship in France allows you to immerse yourself in a foreign language and experience the joie de vivre. You will enjoy the ease and peace-of-mind of being on a complete support programme with everything from pre-departure advice, through to transport and accommodation when you arrive, and help with getting a placement. There are paid and structured internships available to join during summer and all year round. Popular places to intern in France include Aix-en-Provence, Grenoble, Hyeres, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Perpignan and Toulouse.
Types of Internships Available
- Administration, Business, Accounting, Finance
- Arts, Advertising, Journalism, Marketing, Media, Photography, Publishing, PR, Sales
- Biology, Medical & Healthcare, Veterinary
- Education, Social Work
- Hotel & hospitality, human resources
- IT, Creative, Graphic & Interior Design, Fashion
- Law & Human Rights
- Linguistics, Translation
- NGO & Charity
- Sustainable Development, Tourism
Start Dates & Duration
- You can join all year round
- You will usually need to start on a Monday
- Internship duration: 6 weeks - 12 weeks + longer on request
- Placements are available for participants aged 18 yrs +
- Most Nationalities can apply as long as you are eligible for a visa
- You will need an up to date CV (preferably written in French), an application letter and a photocopy of your passport.
- You might need to take a phone interview before joining to assess suitability
- If you live in a country like India you will need to apply through an agency in your home country
- Please note the cost of living in France is higher than in other internship destinations
- You need at least beginner level of the French language. Even though staff might be able to speak English you are likely to be working on written/spreaking internships and so basic knowledge of written, speaking and reading is recommended.
Paid Internships in France
Looking to join a paid intern program in France? There are companies throughout France who offer paid internships to locals and also internationals. These placements can be very competative so you will need to put a stong application together. Also check eligibility and requirements before applying, some companies might need you to be fluent in French or commit a certain amount of time.
Summer Internships in France
Would you like to spend your summer gaining work experience? Why not consider a summer intern program in France. There are placements throughout the country which are perfect if you are a student and looking to gain experience during your break from studies.
France Internship Reviews
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How to Apply
Search jobs and placements on our directory. If you need any help arranging an internship in France please get in touch.